Category: News Stories

Empty Bowls

As the holidays approach, those of us in Community Action service see the escalating impact of poverty in people’s lives. It’s colder outside. Bills are higher and food, as a less costly and more mutable expense, is often the need that gets ambushed in the process. That is why Empty Bowls Projects in food banks… Read more »

Leadership Lunch Focuses on Affordable Housing

On October 12, 2017, over 270 leaders from Washington County and the surrounding region convened for an important conversation on affordable housing at our Leadership Lunch. These generous supporters came together, giving over $64,000 to help Community Action deliver hope, help, and change to families across Washington County. Attendees also heard from top business leaders… Read more »

Head Start Rally in Washington DC Draws Enormous Crowd

Near the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, hundreds of people gathered for the “Families Unite for Head Start Spirit Rally.” Many were parents or Head Start employees who came from all over the United States, including California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, New York, and elsewhere. Virtually every state in the Union was… Read more »

$350,000 Immediately Available to Help Homeless Veterans

SALEM, OR – Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) in partnership with the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is pleased to announce the release of $350,000 in resources to provide immediate assistance for Oregon’s homeless veterans. Governor Kate Brown is leading the effort to end veteran homelessness in Oregon, and these funds will be implemented… Read more »

UCAN AmeriCorps Team Ramps up for the 2017/18 Service Year

New member orientation on August 30 for United Communities AmeriCorps, a program of the United Community Action Network (UCAN), was a dynamic mix of learning about the history of national service, civic engagement, and active citizenship, as well as team-building for strong future ties among members. There are 19 members in our service area, with… Read more »

Three generations combat isolation, loneliness as Senior Companions

In 1983, Evva Smith Young, a recent 74-year-old widow, became a Clackamas County Senior Companion, offering friendship and in-home assistance to isolated seniors and people with disabilities in the county. For 13 years, she helped countless seniors maintain their independence by running errands, completing easy household chores, and simply spending time with her clients. Her… Read more »

2017 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness in Oregon

Every two years, during the last ten days of January, there is a nationwide effort to count every homeless person across the country. This Point-in-time count attempts to capture both sheltered and unsheltered homeless people to provide a snapshot of homelessness in the United States. In 2017, staff from homeless assistance agencies, county and city… Read more »

Client Story – Marion, Weatherization and Energy Assistance

At 82, Marion is enjoying life once again! She purchased her 1912 fixer upper in 1993 and remodeled it. At just 640 square feet, she called it her mini mansion! However, 20+ years later she realized that her home lacked the insulation and heating system necessary to keep her warm and healthy throughout the winter… Read more »